There is a magnificent Methodist church, located on Conyers Street in scenic Covington, Georgia. The church has stood for over 162 years and has even survived the horrors of the Civil War. Covington’s First Methodist was organized in the early 1820's, to meet the spiritual needs of the growing community. By 1854, the congregation had grown to such an extent, that a new church was built at its current location on Conyers Street.
The church was designed in the Greek Revival style, with gorgeous white Corinthian columns and a classic full façade portico. This new building was completed in 1856, less than ten years before the War. On our most recent excursion with the Covington Ghost Tours, we learned more about the eerie history behind the First United Methodist.
As the Union army decimated the South and crippled the Confederate lines, the Covington Methodist Church became both a sanctuary and a hospital. As the battles raged all around the South, Covington doctors and nurses tended to the wounded from both sides. Now here’s where the story gets spooky. The pews of the church had to be removed to accommodate the rising number of casualties. From 1861 to 1865, the church saw the decimation of human life and the horrors of battle first hand. One can only imagine the agony of soldiers ripped apart by gun fire or amputations that occurred without the aid of anesthesia. Even now, it’s rumored that there are traces of blood spatter underneath the flooring, serving as a gruesome reminder of the church’s history.
As time went by, and the grisly business of war was put to rest, the Covington Methodist Church began holding regular church services. However, it seems that there were a few more members of the congregation than previously thought. Reports of disembodied footsteps echo past the pulpit. Follow these footsteps and they will lead you to the top tier of the church, to a “haunted pew”, a favorite spot amongst the ghostly parishioners. Sit a spell, take in a sermon, and try not to disturb the phantom flock that may surround you.
While there hasn’t been any documented evidence of spirits in the sanctuary, the rumors have persisted for many years. Try out your hand at ghost hunting and sit in the “haunted pew”. If you happen to have any ghostly tales of your own, be sure let us know!